7 Common Discomforts During Pregnancy

Dec 02, 2010 2 Comments by

As your body prepares itself for birth, you may experience some physical effects. These are perfectly normal, can usually be dealt with easily, and should not leave any long lasting effects, but knowing the reason for complaint can often help in dealing with it.

1.Backache. This can occur at any time, but usually happens when you try to compensate for your baby’s weight by leaning backwards which puts a strain on the lower back’s muscles and joints. Try to avoid lifting heavy objects, bend with your knees bent, wear flat shoes, and always sit with your back well supported.

2.Bleeding Gums. Hormonal changes can cause a build-up of plaque on your teeth, which can lead to bleeding gums. It is important to pay special attention to oral hygiene and to avoid snacking on sweets and sugary drinks. Dental treatment is free while you are pregnant so have at least two check-ups during the time.

3.Cramps. You may have a sudden sharp pain in your legs and feet, often at night. Try pulling your toes upwards towards your ankles and rub the affected muscles. Regular gentle exercise will help prevent cramps.

4.Constipation. Some of the extra hormones produced in pregnancy can cause the intestines to relax and become less efficient. Eating plenty of fruit, vegetables and fibre, and drinking water will help.

5.Fainting. You may feel faint if you stand for too long or get up too quickly. This happen because not enough blood is getting to your brain; If the oxygen level gets too low you may actually faint. Try to rise slowly from either sitting or lying positions and, if you are standing, sit down and lower your head towards your knees.

6.Piles. Technically known as haemorrhoids, these are a forms of varicose vein that appear around the back passage (anus). They can be very uncomfortable as they are itchy and may even bleed slightly. If left untreated they can become prolapsed, which means they protrude through the anus, causing a good deal of pain. Eating high-fibre foods will keep your stools soft so that you don’t have to strain, which puts pressure on piles. An ice pack wrapped in a soft cloth, or a witch hazel compress, will bring relief, or you can buy a specially formulated haemorrhoid preparation from the pharmacist. Piles usually disappear within a couple of weeks of the birth.

7.Vaginal Discharge. An increase in vaginal discharge during pregnancy is quite normal as long as the discharge is clear and white. If it becomes coloured, smells, or makes you itchy, you may have developed an infection, such as thrush, which will need treatment.


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